Here is one manufacturer that is finally getting with the program. Acer is forging ahead with development of digital media centers for consumer use.
The Acer Aspire Idea 500 Windows Media Center is nice and thin. It is a two rack space device and is much more likely to fit into small entertainment centers than the giant boxes running Windows XP MCE that are common fare. Most MCE solutions to date are small desktop towers requiring custom mounting in entertainment centers.
Even though more and more laptops are shipping with Windows XP MCE, their form factor s make them poorly suited for use in a home entertainment center. The Idea 500 has dual tuners and plenty of inputs and outputs for building an very slick entertainment system indeed.
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